Thursday, 18 September 2014

New Print Lecture City Light Finished

I have just finished pulling together my latest lecture. It's called City Light after my book of the same name. Lots of hints and tips throughout and explaining how I pull my pictures together.

Its a print lecture, as usual. Ilford Photo generously donated the Ilford Multigrade FB Glossy 20 x 16 inch paper for me to make the darkroom prints on. It's very expensive to do print lectures now and this sort of help makes the difference between preparing a new lecture or not. I also included a few 24 x 20 inch prints for good measure.

The first half is all cities from my City Light book. It's based on my lecture on how to photograph cities that I presented at PhotoLive in London last year with quite a lot of new prints added in.

The second half is in 2 parts, the 205 mile Alpine Pass Route in Switzerland that we hiked last year followed by New Zealand and a few Far East city views including Sydney and Hong Kong.

I made the last 5 prints yesterday and mounted, spotted and trimmed everything. This morning I finished the running order. There are 45 prints in each half, 90 in total. This is the most I have ever included in a 1.5 hour lecture. In all I used just under 300 sheets of paper, including spares, and around 18 days printing in the darkroom.

The pile of 90 prints in my City Light lecture

It's a nice feeling when a new lecture is finished and is ready to go!

All set now for the world premiere at the North Cheshire Photographic Society in Poynton on 30th September 2014!

For information, I give lectures across the UK to all sorts of clubs, so if your club would like me to visit and give one of my lectures please contact me through my website. I'm also listed in the PAGB (Photographic Alliance of Great Britain) Handbook under lecturers for LCPU and NEMPF but I will travel anywhere as long as you pay me!

Monday, 15 September 2014

Vienna in the Sunshine

Jolly nice day in Vienna today. We took lots of photos. New places as well as some previously visited in poor weather in last 2 days.

I have some decent shots and hopefully they will appeal to people who know Vienna. Coincidentally someone asked for pictures of Vienna at our last show, at Crowthorne in August.

One of the places revisited was Karlskirche, with a reflection today.

So many iconic buildings in Vienna have scaffolding and shrouds around all or part of them. Tricky finding angles to avoid the distractions.

Jan was pleased too as we found time to visit the Hotel Sacher for the very special Sachertorte. It was excellent, allegedly!

Home tomorrow.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Vienna Wet and Dry

Today was a big day for us in more ways than one. Lots to photograph after the day time washout yesterday and lots of walking. In fact Jan's Fitbit said we walked just over 20 miles!

The distance came from walking to the Vienna Giant Ferris Wheel in Prater Park. This is the one in The Third Man film and is one of the main tourist attractions so was on the shooting list for 2 reasons.

I wanted day and night photos so we went over this morning as it was dry with rain forecast later. Then we walked there again late afternoon, in the rain, arriving in time for dusk which then led into the night photos, between showers.

In all I spent well over an hour this morning and an hour this evening photographing the wheel.

It was a half decent day between showers so I photographed lots of the iconic buildings too.

Forgot to take stuff on my phone so just a couple of shots from Belvedere.

Tomorrow is also forecast to be changeable so fingers crossed for more good skies.

In total I took 11 rolls of Ilford FP4 120 film, making a total of 13 with last night's 2 rolls.

Analogue Photography Alive and Kicking in Vienna

On our way back to our hotel for a break in the photography proceedings I noticed this shop window. Analogue photography is obviously still thriving here.

A large part of the shop window was given over to Ilford pinhole cameras, all three of them!

I'm not the only dinosaur in Vienna!

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Vienna in the Rain

Jan and I are in Vienna for a few days. We seem to be just in time to catch the monsoon season! Lots of rain.

We arrived here late morning. There was a 2 hour spell in early evening just as it was going dark when it stopped raining and we even saw clear sky for a few minutes.

I ran off 2 rolls of Ilford FP4 120 film with my Mamiya 7 camera around the Hofburg area, New Town Hall and the cathedral.

I took a few on my phone too, converted to black and white in Snapseed,  to give you an idea of what it's like.

Thunderstorms, heavy rain and sunny spells are forecast for the next 2 days. I get the impression the forecasters are hedging their bets!

Friday, 12 September 2014

New Drying Cloth for Maco Ecomat TP5060 Dryer

I have been using my Maco Ecomat TP5060 for drying fibre based darkroom prints since buying it new in 2002. It is fantastic at drying Ilford FB papers flat and takes up to 24 x 20 inch sheets.

Ilford FB papers are notoriously difficult to dry flat and the new 2014 papers are no better at this! That's my only complaint about their fine papers.

I don't like high gloss prints so my prints are dried against the drying cloth on the cover which also ensures that the print dries flat. Without this prints can crease as you stick them down. The dryer gives a muted gloss similar to what would be obtained from air drying glossy FB paper.

The drying cloth on my dryer had come to the end of its life, as judged by the hole towards the edge of the fabric. In truth it should have been replaced earlier but it still worked without blemishes to the print surface.

A quick look on Google found the web shop,, for the German manufacturer. Even better they had the required drying cloth in stock, complete with felt underlay. My wife Jan had already worked out how to make one using the old one as a template so this saved her quite a tricky job.

It arrived today, 4 days after ordering. It fits perfectly, as you would expect. I will just put a print or two through it to check all is fine then it's full speed ahead again!

If you're looking for a dryer for FB papers I suggest you take a close look at the Maco Ecomat dryers.